George Blaney of the University of Connecticut men’s basketball staff is retiring. Blaney, who is 73, has been a member of the UConn coaching staff for twelve years, and has been a college basketball coach for 43 years. He has been associate head coach and assistant coach under former Coach Jim Calhoun, and currently is a special assistant/advisor to Coach Kevin Ollie.
UConn Director of Athletics Warde Manuel called Blaney a “gentleman of the game” and said he has unmatched respect among his peers. Calhoun says that when Blaney came to UConn “I think it was a great marriage of perhaps two very different personalities, but two people who were very similar in our feelings about the game of basketball and the kids who played for us.” Ollie said Blaney has been helpful in his transition to head coach and in his path to becoming a college coach. And he said he’s keeping Blaney’s phone number close at hand, even as Blaney retires.
For his part. Blaney says, “I always said I would know when it would be the right time to go.” He says he thinks this year’s huskies are going to be “terrific” and called Ollie “a superstar coach.”
During Blaney’s 12 years at UConn, the Huskies compiled a 298-112 overall record, including two National Championships, three trips to the Final Four, six Big East championships, and 10 NCAA appearances.